A Mosquito under restoration in New Zealand may fly next year.
Gary Parsons - 29-Nov-2010
November 29: The EAA reports that the restoration of a flyable de Havilland Mosquito in New Zealand is progressing well and on track for completion in early 2011.
KA114 is a Canadian-built de Havilland Mosquito FB26 that was rescued from a farm in Alberta in 1978 when it was bought by the Canadian Museum of Flight and Transport.
It was later purchased by Gerald Yagen, president of Tidewater Tech, a group of schools offering associate degrees in nursing, electronics, computers and such vocations, and also of the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, a mechanics' school of which Yagen’s Fighter Factory collection of warbirds is a subsidiary.
Yagen commissioned Avspecs in South Auckland, New Zealand to undertake the enormous restoration – there was little of the original wooden structure left, with only the metal spars and framework left on which to work.
KA114 is expected to fly by Easter 2011 and is planned to make its debut at the Ardmore Air Show. Yagen wants to bring the Mosquito to the UK before taking it to its permanent home at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, USA.
I am inclined to agree with you David Webster, ( although I am a avid Vulcan to the Sky supporter ) I have always loved De Havillands Wooden Wonder and have never seen one on the ground much less in the Air Flying !
To see the sheer speed of a Spitfire powered by one Rolls Royce Melin is quite something, to see but a very lightly built Aircraft powered by two Rolls Merlins must have been in its time breathtaking and something I would love to hear and see.,
Something I look forward to very much I can assure you, but it would have to be over St Aubins Bay.
David Holland said on the 12-Mar-2010 at 19:33
Having seen RR299 at the White Waltham jubilee air show to see a mossie in its naural element again will be heaven. can't wait.
Mike Glyde said on the 29-Nov-2010 at 19:57
OMG I have just wet myself with excitement! Please oh PLEASE bring it to the UK!
David Webster said on the 30-Nov-2010 at 19:32
I would imagine that if it is at a UK airshow the attendance will rocket. Personally I would prefer to see the Mosquito flying to the Vulcan. Can t wait to see it in the air .
Gary Watson said on the 12-Dec-2010 at 19:33
Would love to see it here in the UK, before going on the United States, at least the owner is going to try and give us here a chance to see it. Seeing as we missed out on at least two Me 109E restorations, so if it does show at Flying Legends, that would would be wonderful, or even RAF Waddington !!
Henrik Mjoman said on the 7-Feb-2011 at 13:34
It would indeed be great to see one over the U.K. at an airshow like Flying Legands, however we should not be satisfied seeing one come and move on...the aim should be one for the U.K. and Europe circuit - also interfacing as someone suggested with the BBMF and for other work - displays as well. Just imagine!
Peter Huntingdon Bewers said on the 24-Mar-2011 at 17:40
Seeing the Video of the highly skilled and patient restoration is simply wonderful to see, such love and care to restore this Wooden Wonder to fly again.
Well done to all concerned .love to see this mossie fly in the Jersey International Airshow this coming September ?
We all live in hope ! Happy Flying. PHB.
Richard Samwell. said on the 29-Mar-2011 at 17:06
To see the 'Mossie' in the air would be a sight never to be forgotten here in the u.k. I only that when she does arrive, that she does more than one show to give as many people as possible the chance to see her in her 'element', In the Air.Also, can they please give us plenty of warning where she's going to be because I fear that the shows she will make an 'apearance' at will be ''Snowed Under''. Just think, 'Flying Legends' formating with the BBMF, what a mouthwatering prospect that is, perhaps the Vulcan will make an apearanceas well.Have fun. best regards, Richard.